Gradually, very gradually, without me even really noticing, we've changed the way we think about food and cooking. I've had to find new recipes that made use of the ingredients that I sourced. I have begun to use ingredients that I never used to cook with. Along the way, I have become more creative with food by default. I used to read a recipe and think, "Oooh! Dry, white wine! I don't have any!" And off I would race to the supermarket to get the
I have recently noticed that the kids have shifted their perception of their food origins too. If they are eating apples from our tree and those apples run out, they see it as a natural occurrence. When we were supermarketers, they would automatically cry, "Mum! We need more apples!" This thought process is very obvious with our new source of milk. Since I began milking the goat the children have reduced their intake dramatically. I haven't insisted on a reduction or sat them down to explain the new situation. They have just accepted that the milk is finite. I hear them telling each other to not have too much because it's the goats milk! They can easily accept that, if they finish it, they need to wait until I milk the next day.